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Why don't we worship Mickey Mouse? Reflections on cognition, the unconscious, collective processes and religious fundamentalism

Prof Dianna Kenny

In the preface to his Pulitzer Prize winning play, Doubt, John Patrick Stanley (2005) wrote: "It is doubt that changes things, doubt is nothing less than an opportunity to re-enter the present. The beginning of change is the moment of doubt. It is the crucial moment when I renew my humanity or become a lie (p. 6-7). Fundamentalism is the antithesis of doubt; it is literalism [and certainty] in interpreting scriptures as history rather than as mythology and metaphor expressing universal or archetypal themes of timeless significance for humankind’s understanding of its origins, future destiny and significance in cosmology" (Todd, 2012, p. 3). Radical fundamentalism constitutes an extreme form of religious certainty that arises from a primitive narcissistic fantasy of merger with an ideal object. 

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Prof Dianna Kenny

Dianna Kenny is Professor of Psychology and Professor of Music at the University of Sydney. She is an academic, author, clinician, consultant psychologist, researcher and the author of over 200 publications, including seven books. In her most recent book (released April 2015), God, Freud and Religion: Origin of Fear, Faith and Fundamentalism, Dianna Kenny interrogates major issues in the psychology of religion and belief in god, group behaviour, fundamentalism and terror theology. Dianna also maintains a general private practice in attachment-informed psychotherapy, with a sub-specialty in the treatment of music performance anxiety.

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